One more thing. What happens to that far and utter respect we all feel (well, OK most of us) the first time we ever used a large, load machine such as the table saw? Mine was back in shop in highschool. Was terrified the first time I did a "crosscut" then a "rip!" Well over time and repition that fear is replaced with confidence I suppose. Listening to the pro's here in FWW and reading their articles I often hear them talk of safety..they are trying to show readers how a cut is done and so guards and safety items are removed. I realize that, it's common sense. Why is it that these pros seem to have all 10 digits? Why is it that they all look so serious while making these cuts? the only logical answer is that over the years they have not allowed complacency to ruin their careers or lives. Luck..perhaps plays a small parts. What I am tying to say is for anyone who uses these tools, just keep thinking like that first time...don't relax and don't forget at several thousand RPM's..your fingers or flesh is butter.
As a Pramedic Helicopter Trauma and flight RN I have treated and bagged the fingers and even a hand from woodworkers, some hobbiests some pro's over my 25 year career, most from tablesaws and some from bandsaws.. Our duty in such patients is to "do everything possible to stop bleeding then locate, bag and bring any body parts with patients!" I have seen some saves, some reattachments and some not. I have also treated and transported people from severe facial/head injuries from table saw Kickbacks. I talked to those patient's able to talk and heard the same thing, "I don't know what happened, I just felt my fingers/hand hit the blade. Get that..their hand or fingers "it the lade". In some instances their hand was drawn into the blade. In bandsaw injuries they sliped and the guard was too high when I looked at the machine in many cases.
I probably looked closer because I too am an avid woodworker. I have myself had a fingertip removed by reaching over an unguarded blade. I really can only say this in regard to this law suit. There are safety gurds and rules contained in any tools home owner manual. If you buy used and there is no manual, "why are you using that tool without a manual, unless you know it intametly anyway?" I am quite frankly appaled at this verdict and the award amount. Some will argue that it will get people to manufacture equipment with the new SawStop type technology (which doesn't stop kickbacks completely bye the way) and so it's for the best. Personally, I feel that each person who chooses to use a powetool, of anykind, has the responsibility to know his own limitations and to make every obligation to ensure his own personal safety. This man didn't do that. If I had been on that jury, I would have tried to HANG it. Accountability and spending the time to ensure one's own safety is commonly referd to as autonomy and most certainly responsibility.
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